Mastercard Foundation Scholarship 2023-2024

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In South Africa, pursue your higher education with Mastercard Foundation Scholarship 2023-2024, a fully funded master’s scholarship program open to international students. The Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program (MCFSP) aims to empower academically brilliant young people from Africa who face economic disadvantages. They are expected to contribute to the transformation of their continent through their leadership, knowledge, skills, and values. The program emphasizes community service and internships as integral components of the experience. Selected students receive a full scholarship to pursue a postgraduate degree at UP. After graduating, they are expected to return to their home countries and give back to their communities. To apply, applicants must not hold a master’s degree or qualification. This article provides a detailed explanation of the scholarship program’s benefits and a step-by-step application process.

Scholarship Summary

  • Level of Study: Masters
  • Institution(s): University of Pretoria
  • Study in: South Africa
  • Program Period: Two years
  • Deadline: October 31, 2022

Courses Offered

  • Faculty of Engineering: Continuing students are eligible to apply
    • Industrial Engineering
    • Chemical Engineering
    • Civil Engineering
    • Computer Engineering
    • Electrical Engineering
    • Electronic Engineering
    • Mechanical Engineering
    • Mining Engineering
  • Faculty of Natural and Agricultural Sciences:
    • Food Science and Technology
    • Agricultural Economics / Business Management
    • Animal Science
    • Plant Pathology
    • Applied Plant and Soil Sciences
  • Faculty of Humanities:
    • Humanities PolSci (Political Studies)
    • PolSci (International Studies)
  • Faculty of Economic and Management Sciences:
    • Accounting Sciences
    • Financial Sciences
    • Economics
    • Informatics
    • Agribusiness Management

The Mastercard Foundation Scholarship provides comprehensive funding for African students, including:

  • Full coverage of tuition fees
  • Accommodation and meal expenses in a UP residence or UP-accredited accommodation
  • A modest monthly stipend
  • Medical aid coverage throughout the duration of the program
  • Textbooks and printed material
  • Visa expenses
  • Leadership development opportunities
  • Reasonable travel expenses, including flight tickets, to and from the student’s home
  • Academic advising and counseling support

Eligibility Criteria for Mastercard Foundation Scholarship

  • Required Language: English
  • Eligible Countries: African countries
  • You must have been admitted into a degree at UP. You will need your student number to complete the MCFSP application, which must be accompanied by your academic records and other supporting documents
  • Open to young Africans who are interested in studying at postgraduate levels.

To apply for the Mastercard Foundation Scholarship

There are two ways to submit your application:

  1. Apply online by following the provided application instructions on the scholarship website. Once you submit your application, a confirmation of receipt in the form of a student number (EMPLID) will be sent to your email address.
  2. Submit a hard copy of your application form to the University of Pretoria’s Student Service Centre located in Hatfield, Pretoria 0028, South Africa.

After submitting your application, it will be evaluated by faculty members, and you will be notified of the outcome. If you’re applying for a postgraduate program, your certificate must be verified by the South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA). You can visit for more information on this process.

To download the application forms for the MCFSP, you can visit the scholarship website. If you have any inquiries about the application process, you can contact the scholarship team at [email protected] or call 012 420 4297.

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